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The Ambit3 and Fenix 5 record the same data during runs, rides, and hikes, but Garmin's color display is more pleasant to look at and has more display options.

Suunto Ambit3 vs. Garmin Fenix 5 || Core differences + ideal uses

For a week I have been wearing a borrowed Garmin Fenix 5X, which is Garmin’s flagship multi-sport GPS sport watch. I’m a longtime user of the Suunto Ambit3 Peak (and, before that, the Ambit2), and this first-hand experience with a competing brand and product has been informative. I’ve always been curious how the Ambit3 compares to the […]

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For solo and short trips, I recommend decanting salve from the 2-oz jar into a smaller .25-oz jar.  The first 30 orders will receive a lip balm, too.

Back in stock: Bonnie’s Balm || For wet feet, chafing, and cracked lips & skin

Last year the owner and founder of Bonnie’s Balm, Bonnie Searcy, had a host of health issues (among other things, two black widow spider bites) and the business seemed to evaporate. Orders went unfulfilled, calls and emails garnered no response, and the website even went down. As a long-time supporter and distributor of the products, […]

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Low-profile rubber covers about two-thirds of the outsole, mostly importantly in the landing and push-off zones.

First impressions: Nike Zoom VaporFly 4% || Yes, they’re pretty different

Twice per year I attend the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow, where I’m told about dozens of products that are the best thing since sliced bread and where I’m bombarded with increasingly stretched marketing hype to match these supposed earth-shattering advances. When I first heard about the Nike Zoom VaporFly 4% road racing shoes, I applied this same […]

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The Showa 281 Glove is suitable as a wind- & waterproof shell for hiking and running.

Review: Showa 281 Gloves || Inexpensive water- & windproof shell

The Showa 281 Glove is an inexpensive (less than $15), lightweight (sub-2 oz), and somewhat breathable shell made of waterproof/windproof polyurethane. Its exterior is textured and very abrasion-resistant. It is the unlined version of the Showa 282 Gloves, about which I have written a more in-depth review. Online availability of the 281 is limited. I purchased […]

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The Cavu has a two-foam midsole: a soft and forgiving heel and a firm and responsive forefoot.

Review: Hoka One One Cavu || Light, responsive & fast road trainer

The Houston Marathon is less than six weeks, and for all of my tempo workouts and hard long runs — including multiple 10K’s at race pace and distances up to 24 miles — I have been wearing the new Hoka One One Cavu. The Cavu is a neutral lightweight road trainer that is moderately cushioned, responsive, and […]

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The liner adds warmth and buffers the hand from moisture, but its durability is questionable. Notice the extensive pulling after just a few weeks of use.

Review: Showa 282 Gloves || Preferred cold & wet solution, but imperfect

When hiking or running in cold and wet conditions, keeping my hands comfortable has been a chronic challenge. On multiple occasions I’ve pulled into a campsite, trailhead, aid station, or my house with inoperable and painful fingers. To minimize (or perhaps even, to end) this suffering, this summer I looked beyond conventional rain mitts like the REI […]

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Gear List: Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) || Personal & obligatory gear

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) and its growing race series (CCC, TDS, OCC, and PTL) are held in the last week of August in the Savoy Alps, an extreme mountain environment. Since the first race in 2001, racers have experienced a wild range of weather: snow, cold rain and snow, fierce winds, relentless sun, […]

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The Clifton 4, a firm (by Hoka standards) daily road running shoe that will best fit normal and wide feet.

Review: Hoka One One Clifton 4 || Reliable road trainer, but not characteristically Clifton

The Clifton 2 was my first shoe from Hoka One One. I loved it: its plush midsole was wonderful; its last fit my narrow-ish feet; its reinforced upper provided good control, to the degree that I occasionally used it on moderate trails; and its weight was feathery, all things considered. (Read my full review.) But […]

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